Note that the name of the event, World Youth Day, may be misleading for some – as the word “youth” in the United States connotes teenagers (junior high and high school students). However, the key audience for WYD is both older youth and especially young adults. The age range is 16 to 35. The majority of U.S. pilgrims who attend WYD are between 18 and 25.
The V Encuentro (translated into English as the Fifth Encounter) is a four-year process of ecclesial reflection and action that invites all Catholics in the United States to intense missionary activity, consultation, leadership development, and identification of best ministerial practices in the spirit of the New Evangelization. A particular focus of the V Encuentro is ministry to youth and young adults.